Named Helga Playsuit

Named Helga Playsuit

Posted by Helen | June 26, 2017 | My Makes
Helga Playsuit

This was a total spur-of-the-moment project for me. I was actually procrastinating doing real work and let’s be honest, I’m not even sorry about it. This cute little jumpsuit is my new favourite summer outfit and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Helga Playsuit

This is the Named Helga Playsuit from the playground collection. I loved the sample they showed and knew I wanted to give it a go, but I was waiting for more versions to pop up so I could get a sense for the fit.  Eventually, I just decided to dive in and give it a go, and it was quite a fun sew! I like the design a lot. It is a wrap jumpsuit, so no zipper is required, and it has a faux skirt in the front and shorts in the back.

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I used a stiffer crepe fabric from Blackbird Fabrics even though the pattern calls for lightweight fabrics like rayon. I love the sample from Named and it looked to me like it had some structure to it. I also liked the idea of stripes. This is something I had on my summer inspiration board and I’m happy I made something in this trend. I lined the bodice with a thin cotton that also had stripes, so it is a really cute double stripe project and it is very comfortable on the skin.

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The pattern calls for rope or cord for the shoulder straps and the waist drawstring, but I chose to use self-fabric for both. I love striped drawstrings, they have such fun visual impact.

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I had concerns about the wrap bodice because it looks a bit baggy on the Named model, I wasn’t sure if it would fit my bust very well. After constructing the bodice, I decided to add in vertical darts to help give the top more shape around the bust. It worked really well and I only had to cut a bit off the wrap skirt and inner short piece to match the fabric used up by the darts – easy peasy.  Other than that, I made no changes to this pattern and I cut a size 14.

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I was a little unsure about the fit once the playsuit was completed, it was still baggy up top and not the most flattering. However, after wearing it one day, I found it to be SO comfortable and nice to wear, and I feel really confident and stylish in it, so I have no more doubts now. I can get away with not wearing a bra because of the baggy top and that way there are no straps showing, bonus!

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I am going to get a lot of wear out of this cute little jumpsuit this summer – I just have to be careful not so spill anything on it!



Blog Comments

Love it!


When I first saw your jumpsuit I thought, “WOW how brilliant of Named to include darts in this pattern!” 🙂 Of course reading down, you did your own and they give it such a classy shape! I love your jumpsuit – I think it’s flattering and the perfect cool outfit right now in Vancouver I must say! I love the different stripes you used inside and out on the bodice too.

Thanks Kathleen! I think if I hadn’t added the darts it would have been a hot mess :p!

So cute! You did a great job!

Thank you!!

[…] the summer weather immensely and focusing on making come easy summer dresses to beat the heat! My Helga Playsuit is a new favourite and I’ve got several Southport Dresses planned. What are you sewing these […]

It’s so cute! I was eyeing this pattern yesterday, actually, and now I’m kicking myself for not buying it. I bought the kimono pattern and the pencil skirt with wrap bow. After I sew myself through those two patterns I’ll buy this cute jumpsuit.

It’s always so hard to choose when Named releases their collections – they are all so pretty!!

I want to hear more about your “summer inspiration board”! Maybe a blog post on what inspires you and how you decide which projects to do??? If you were so inclined…. ;-). I’m sure others would be interested too!

Thanks, Laurie! I actually have a blog post about that board which I meant to link up but I missed it! Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve linked it up now. Mostly I just make a pinterest board of what I like for the upcoming season and then I separate it into visual trends (vertical stripes, midi dresses, etc). Then from there I can pick patterns and fabrics based on executing those trends 🙂

I’m so glad I happened on your blog when I was trying to figure out how the ties worked on this playsuit saved my sanity

So beautiful! You did such a great job… I’m working on mine right now. Hoping to have it complete before the 4th (American summer holiday 🙂 ).

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